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The Abiders to perform Friday at Sounds of Spirit Lake

The Abiders will perform Friday, July 29 at the Sounds of Spirit Lake concert.

The Abiders, from the Twin Cities, put on a show of Americana music with something for everyone - blues, country, rockabilly, jazz. These six musicians have a groove - some special kind of chemistry - that sets their sound apart from the rest and connects with audiences. Whether bangin' out their originals, gritty ol' blues or back-hill country rockabilly, The Abiders deliver their own kind of music full of heart and soul.

The Abiders will be in concert at Sounds of Spirit Lake, on the shore of Spirit Lake in Menahga at 7 p.m. Friday, July 29. This concert will happen rain or shine! The rain venue is the Menahga School, located on Highway 71 in Menahga, just one block east of the lake side venue. Food and beverages are provided on site by the United Methodist Church of Menahga to support their outreach programs.

The band's 2014 CD, Designated Rider, a follow-up to their sampler Pawn Shop and produced by the incomparable Andy Dee, includes six new originals and five covers (+bonus tracks!) that demonstrate the talent, excitement and fun this band can bring to any event.

Front and center, the band's dynamic singer/songwriter, Julie Weisenhorn adds a driving rhythm guitar and vocals that can be sweet-as-pie one minute, and soulfully bluesy the next.

A Liverpool, England original, Doug Molland is the real deal, pulling off licks and lyrics that harken back to Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters and Jimmy Rogers.

Bassist Rick Anderson keeps the groove on the stand-up acoustic and his deep country crooning invariably brings people to their feet.

Karl "Karlos" Weisenhorn ices the proverbial musical cake with his cross-harp riffs that range from blues to jazz to rock and bring to mind such heroes as Junior Wells, Norton Buffalo and Paul Butterfield.

Always eager for new sound, The Abiders are often joined by friends and fellow musicians like Andy Dee (lapsteel, guitar) and John A-Frame Beck (drums) to take the show to the next level.

Bring a lawn chair and listen to live music while watching the sun set over beautiful Spirit Lake. This concert series is funded, in part, by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.